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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LAW3136 Penology

20 creditsClass Size: 88

Module manager: Dr Richard Peake

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

There are no pre-requisites, but some knowledge of criminal justice is required and some pre-reading should be undertaken - please as preparation read Scott, D. 2008. Penology. London: Sage.

This module is mutually exclusive with

LAW3137Contemporary Imprisonment
SLSP3910Discipline and Punish

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module examines the use of custodial and community sentences in contemporary society. The aim of the module is to provide detailed knowledge and understanding of issues relating to imprisonment in England and Wales and various ways in which offenders are punished and/or supervised in the community.


Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of penal policy relating to the use of imprisonment and community sentences;
- demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the development of prisons and community sentences;
- demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the use of imprisonment and community sentences;
- critically evaluate the aims, functions and effectiveness of imprisonment and community sentences;
- demonstrate an awareness of policy and issues relating to the use of imprisonment and community sentences for certain groups of offenders such as women, drug users and sex offenders;
- demonstrate an awareness of the effect of imprisonment on prisoners and the coping strategies they may adopt.


Development of the prison
The use of imprisonment
Aims and function of imprisonment
Justice and legitimacy in prison
Prison privatisation
Women in prison
Ethnic minorities in prison
Early release and resettlement
Conceptualising and measuring the use of community punishment
The development of the Probation Service
The effectiveness of imprisonment and community sentences
Drug-using offenders in prison and in the community
The punishment and rehabilitation of sex offenders
Electronic monitoring of offenders

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning51.005.00
Private study hours176.50
Total Contact hours23.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

The overall learning element is broken down into 15 minute tasks, there will be 20 x 15 minute tasks.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will have an opportunity to complete a formative assessment in the form of up to 500 word sample of writing for portfolio.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Portfolio3,000 word (3 questions of 1,000 words)80.00
Poster PresentationA3 poster submission20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/05/2022 12:22:55


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